Why Be Curious? This Alpine Gamay is from Italy’s northwest corner in Valle d’Aosta, so it speaks Italian and French, but there’s nothing Nouveau about Gamay in this valley: It was brought here a thousand years ago during the reign of the Dukes of Burgundy. The vineyards sit at 650-800 meters in the Alta Valle west of the city of Aosta. Soils are alluvial with glacial moraine. Hand-harvested grapes are macerated for eight days and then aged for eight months, all in stainless steel. The wine has a pretty, lightly floral nose with a palate of sour cherry and minerals. Drink it with barbecue or quaff it slightly chilled après-ski-hike-bike-work. Its name, Bouquetin (boo-kuh-TAN) is after the ibex, the local mountain goat.
FUSO21 Bouquetin Vallée d’Aoste Gamay
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Vallée d’Aoste Gamay
Ettari / Hectares: 4.5 hectares.
Quota / Altitude: from 600 m / 1969 ft. to 750 m / 2461 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Loose soil made of lime and clay.
Esposizione / Exposure: Various expositions.
Vitigni / Varieties: 100% Gamay.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 25 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 6500-7000 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Cordon-trained and Guyot.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural Technique: Lotta integrata.
Resa / Yield: 10.000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Selected yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 7-9 days, 26-28°C
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes.
Affinamento / Élevage: In stainless steel tanks.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 2200 cases.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: from 12.5% to 13%
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Burgundy bottle.